You may have thought about purchasing a Companion Ramp or stairs for your senior or arthritic dog, but other dogs can benefit from this type of support as well. Overweight dogs have difficulty jumping into cars or onto furniture; the same is true of small dogs with shorter legs. Breeds like the Dachshund and Basset Hound who have long spines and short legs are at a significantly higher risk for spinal injuries due to jumping.
Companion ramps can also help you avoid injury caused by lifting your dog up into the car or on your bed to be close to you.
Although dogs are likely more familiar with walking up and down steps, you might want to think about a ramp instead. Once your dog gets the hang of it, a ramp is easier on arthritic joints, since he can move up and down without having to lift and bend his legs to the same degree. In addition, ramps tend to be less expensive than stairs and not as heavy, although good quality products in both categories can often hold weight up to 250 pounds.
The following are some factors to consider when choosing a companion ramp.
Ease of movement. If you’re planning to use your ramp to help your dog get in and out of the car, you’ll be moving it around frequently. Consider the weight of the ramp: Can you lift it easily? If it’s a folding or telescoping ramp, is it easy to set up? Some ramps have carrying handles that make moving the ramp easier; you’ll need to determine if this is a must-have feature.
Strength and Durability. Be sure to check the ramp’s weight capacity to make sure it’s strong enough to hold your dog. If you have a Yorkie, you won’t want to purchase a ramp with a 15 pound weight capacity, simply because a solidly built ramp—one that’s worth spending your money on—must be constructed in such a way that it can hold at least 100 pounds (or more).
Traction. In order to ensure your dog’s safety, it’s important that his ramp be stable and that it provides traction so he doesn’t slip around or off the ramp. Look for a ramp that will maintain its traction in rainy or icy weather conditions.
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